At the end of the year, we like to clean up and organize the studio and prepare it for the new year. We generally do this activity the week after Christmas, and it usually takes a day or two. But this year, we went all out with a full studio remodel!
In 2021, we had more clients than ever, and more popular than ever were embellishments like wax seals and ribbons and all those fun goodies. We love adding those design elements to invitation suites but assembling those things took up space, and we realized that we had almost NO countertop space. We found ourselves working on the kitchen island a lot, which was the only large surface that was semi-available to us. The kitchen is not where we wanted to work on luxury paper goods for the foreseeable future, so we decided to add 1000% more countertop space in the studio!
Here’s a little peek at what the studio was like most of the time. Constantly in a state of chaos since we were slowly running out of space!
Boxes everywhere, is that trash, or is that client work? We’ll never know.
So many things stashed everywhere. Cleaning supplies mixed with packing supplies mixed with ongoing projects.
Priority number uno was making sure all our assembly items were in the same area and easily accessible by Kim and me at any point. We don’t like reaching too far for things (that hurts our backs), so we aimed for as little reach as possible. We felt confident, after a year of 80+ projects and hundreds of Santa Letters (seriously!) that we could optimize our space to be as efficient as possible.
As you might have guessed, we are VISUAL people. It was pretty important, from a creativity and inspiration standpoint, that our studio be aesthetically pleasing. We don’t like a lot of clutter (which is hilarious because the old studio was a clutter zone!). We now have a clean, uber-organized workspace to assemble invitations, and it feels so good.
We started by laying out the studio on paper until it made sense. We wanted to have a space for Kim to sit and a spot for my desk (a standing desk with a monitor), and ample space for us to work side by side. The L shape of the counter was what we landed on. After that, we took it to the Ikea kitchen designer tool and laid it all out!
A few reasons that just made sense:
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We put up some pegboards above our main workstation to have all the tools we need handy and ready to go. The pegboard is the Skådis system from Ikea.
Once we start receiving goodies for our clients’ invites/save the dates, we assign them a box. We’ve been doing this for a long time, but we upgraded them to these deeper white boxes from Ikea this year. We just cut out their name & date on our Cricut and apply it to the box.
The brackets are from Home Depot, and the wood is from Lowes!
One of the biggest annoyances we had in the old space was that there were only one or two outlets we could access easily – so my Husband found these large power strips and mounted them above our workspaces. Now, we have 16 outlets in each space for our wax seals guns, laptops, iPad, Cricut, phone chargers, printers, etc. It’s amazing!
We have a lot of clients with wax seal needs this year, and we wanted to make sure it was easy for us to access without having to pull out a bunch of stuff from random areas like we used to do. We hung our favorite sealing guns on the wall and then organized all our sticks by color and our stampers/handles as well!
The containers we used for our wax seal battle station are from The Container Store, and we love these little drawers so much. They stack easily, and we can pull them out, so we can access the whole drawer’s contents at once!
In a previous life, we had all our shipping stuff in random places, so we decided to make a dedicated area for it! We keep bubble wrap and larger boxes in the closet. Clear bags, tape, labels, chipboard, and rigid mailers are all organized and easy to access now! Roland (our label printer) even has his own little space!
We’ve been struggling with finding a way to organize our color samples, so we dedicated an entire drawer to them! It’s a hidden drawer, so it’s tucked away until we need it – which is excellent!
Our corner unit has shelves that pull ALL THE WAY out – which is where we keep things like cleaning supplies, paint, and other random stuff we don’t use that often.
We finally upgraded our lighting for the last time. We had this LED light that was supposed to be soft yet bright – but really, it just created terrible shadows, made a buzzing noise, and would flicker randomly.
Our kitchen has these LED Edison-style bulbs that I’m obsessed with, and they were perfect for this light fixture I found on amazon! Super easy to put together and mount – bonus points to my Husband for doing that for me!
The room is so much brighter now, and there’s no more flickering!
36” wide with 3 drawers and 1 hidden drawer ($399)
24” cabinet with 3 drawers and 1 hidden drawer ($327)
24” Cabinet with 6 drawers ($436)
Corner Unit ($263)
Cover panels and fillers ($321)
Legs, toe kicks, and suspension rails ($128)
Total for Ikea: ~$2,100
Jan 7, 2022